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2300AD & 2320 Discussion of the original 2300AD from GDW, the revised 2300 from Mongoose Publishing, or QLI's 2320AD.

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Old April 17th, 2018, 03:15 PM
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Default Arming civilian ships

The view on this depnds on the ruleset, apparently. For example, in the original Traveller 2300 boxed set:

Referee's Manual, Star Travel, Arming Your Ship (p.21):

"The end of the starship listings gives several examples of lasers and particle weapons. Any of these can be placed on a ship and are readily available at any space facility on the frontier."

And the errata sheet in the box:

"The LL-98 is the standard armament of the French naval and merchant vessels."

(It takes 3 tasks (Drive Engineering, Mechanics, Electronics) and about 40 hours to install a weapon. TTAs and UTES did not exist at this time in the rules.)

These seem to fairly definitively imply that civilian ships, especially on the frontier, can be armed, presumably without being immediately destroyed as suspected pirates.

in Ships of the French Arm, the Metal-class freighter mounts a laser and the BC-4 a submunition launcher, although the later was probably due to the Kafer War. The color text indicates that some Faidi-class couriers are armed, but it's not stated if these are commercial or government vessels.Many Hamid-class survey ships were fitted with twin submunition dispensers after the Kafer War started; it's not clear if the ships are operated by the German government or German commercial/academic interests.

The situation in Mongoose 2300 is somewhat different.

Core Rules (p.211):

"Weapons are not as common on civilian ships as they are in Traveller and tend to be quite low-powered."

Only one non-military ship in the Core Rules and SotFA is armed -- the BC-4, but with a PDC instead of submunition. It says in the ship's description:

"The model show, for example, has mounted on it a PDC-17 point defense system. More capable weapons systems are generally illegal for civilian vessels."

So ...

Which way do you go in arming civilian ships?
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